Take Care of Yourself during COVID

Wellness Tips

FACE COVID: How to Respond Effectively to the Corona Crisis
by Dr. Russ Harris, author of The Happiness Trap

This is a set of practical steps for responding effectively to the coronavirus crisis, using the principles of acceptance and commitment therapy.

Our New Normal: Taking Care of Us

COVID-19 brings with it fear, anger, anxiety, depression, etc. Unfortunately, this is not a case of being irrational. It’s our reality. However, when these thoughts overtake you and interfere with your work, relationships, etc. cognitive blocking techniques may help with increasing your sense of control. Especially when they hit when you are attempting to sleep/rest. If you find yourself ruminating about terrible scenarios, fixating on angry or negative thoughts etc. try these techniques.

Stop Negative Thoughts: Getting Started

This resource is based on information from the University of Michigan.


Additional wellness resources


  • Buddhify: Meditation app for busy people, created by Rohan Gunatillake

→ Check out Stress and Difficult Emotion Part 1: Names and Specific Emotions: Overwhelmed

  • Mental Health Apps: Developed by the Department of Veteran Affairs, the Mindfulness Coach is particularly helpful.
  • Woebot: Free app based on the principles of cognitive behavioral therapy
  • Calm and Headspace: These apps are offering collections of free mindfulness and meditation resources online and through their apps.  Health care providers can get free access to the Headspace Plus app using their National Provider Identifier (NPI).


(Books are available in a variety of formats, from a variety of sellers. Links are to amazon.com.)

Creative Outlets



Noticing the Positive

Online Exercise 

Online Self-Help

  • Mood Lifters: a peer-led, evidence-based, self-help program for anxiety. Includes a group on anxiety about coronavirus and coping with isolation.
  • Center for Clinical Interventions: evidence-based, self-guided treatment for a wide range of disorders and skills

Resources compiled by Lynn Kohan, MD, ASRA News section editor, and Dania Chastain, PsyD, pain psychologist, both of the University of Virginia.